Whitby Swing Bridge reopens after breakdown closure

Whitby's Swing Bridge has reopened to vehicles and pedestrians after closing due to a breakdown.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 2:31 pm
Updated Friday, 16th July 2021, 2:32 pm
Whitby Swing Bridge.
Whitby Swing Bridge.

The Swing Bridge suffered a breakdown earlier this morning and could not be used by vehicles or pedestrians, later reopening to just pedestrians.

North Yorkshire County Council engineers were on site to assess the problem and performed numerous test swings prior to the bridge's reopening.

Shortly after 2pm the county council confirmed the bridge had fully reopened after "technical problems" and thanked residents for their patience.

The breakdown comes just weeks after a signage error caused "chaos" when the bridge was mistakenly left open during a traffic-free weekend.

Since Easter, vehicles have been prohibited from using the town’s Swing Bridge between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays as part of a pedestrianisation trial taking place in 2021.

The trial closure of the historic Swing Bridge is hoped to reduce traffic congestion in the popular seaside town, where the bridge is the most convenient way to cross from the west side over to the east.